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Instagram for Android gets feature similar to Apple’s 3D Touch

by Brandon Russell | December 8, 2015December 8, 2015 1:00 pm PST

Looks like Apple’s “Peek” feature isn’t exclusive to 3D Touch. As part of an Instagram update for Android, users can now easily look at photos without actually going to a completely new page. Simply long press on the photo, and it will pop to the forefront, essentially mimicking the “Peek” feature Apple made such a fuss about when the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were announced earlier this year.

The technology isn’t necessarily the same, but the execution is pretty similar. Android doesn’t yet take advantage of force sensitive hardware, so it instead recognizes a long press, and then reacts accordingly. On iOS, users have to press harder on the display in order for the Peek function to work; either way a photo inside of Instagram pops up in the same manner.

Once you do execute a peek, you can quickly move your finger to like, comment or share a photo. Previously you’d have to tap on the photo, go to a completely different page, and then like, comment, and share. Android’s latest update simply makes navigation more convenient.

Will Instagram bring this feature to iOS users without 3D Touch? That remains to be seen. Android users can update to the latest version of Instagram (7.13.0) and start using the powers of peek now.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...